350 Maine is a grassroots movement dedicated to fighting for climate justice. We grow our power collectively to find real and lasting solutions, to end our dependence on fossil fuels, and to build a healthy, sustainable life for people and the planet.
We see fossil fuel addiction as one reason that climate change denial is so widespread despite a clear scientific consensus that climate change is real and human-caused. We acknowledge that corporate greed and dwindling fossil fuel reserves drive the pursuit of extreme forms of extraction, causing ever greater threats to people and ecosystems.
We see a need to create policies that drastically reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, and that put the rights of people and the planet before profit. We acknowledge the rights of nature and of ecosystems to exist independent of their value as a human resource.
We believe that real solutions to climate change are ones that build power for people, and that curb the power of corporations.
350 Maine celebrates courageous and playful strategies to inform Mainers and move us toward a future that is fossil-fuel free. We bring passion and respect to our struggle, acknowledging that we must start within ourselves, confronting our fears and caring for ourselves and others en route to realizing our vision.
Our vision for Maine’s future includes:
- A grassroots movement of Mainers to end fossil fuel dependence
- Social and environmental justice as the driving force in creation of policy in our state
- Total divestment of all state monies in fossil fuels
- Safe foods and products for the people of Maine
- Energy-efficient homes and buildings for all Mainers
- A decentralized renewable energy system that is guided by people and not profit margins
- A just and sustainable public transportation system that works for all of Maine
- A Maine that is fossil-fuel free by 2030
350 Maine believes that Maine holds a unique position in this global movement as a gateway to coastal waters and foreign markets. We are in the path of many corporate plans to profit from extreme extraction. Maine also has abundant fresh water, and the largest contiguous forest east of the Mississippi River–ecosystems that must be protected.
We recognize the urgency of transitioning off fossil fuels, but we also recognize that this will be a protracted struggle. We are building a movement with a long term vision for the future. We know that we must remain flexible and adaptive—open to change—if we are to succeed.
What does the number 350 stand for? How does 350 Maine relate to 350.org?
350 Maine is an independent local affiliate of 350.org which was founded in 2008 with the goal of building a global climate movement. 350 was named after 350 parts per million — the safe concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. Here is a website, CO2.earth, with a table which presents the most up-to-date, daily average reading for atmospheric CO2 on the planet.
350 Maine is wholly autonomous and financially independent from 350.org. We share the same goals and branding as 350.org and work with allies across Maine. A donation to 350.org will not support our work here in Maine. We are powered by grassroots activism and welcome you to join us!
Our Coalition Work
To help us strive towards these goals 350 Maine co-founded (in 2019) a broad coalition of organizations dedicated to climate justice to address the climate crisis in our state, Maine Climate Action NOW! We have recently joined the coalition Renew New England to address our region’s overlapping crises: mass unemployment, racial injustice, the coronavirus pandemic, and climate change. We’re fighting for a region wide Jobs Guarantee, universal healthcare, affordable housing, racial justice, and bold climate action. We also work in coalition with Maine’s Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC).
Our closest ally is the coalition of youth organizations, Maine Youth for Climate Justice. We support their work as adult allies and follow their call to bold and urgent action in our state.
If you are a settler in the state we call Maine you live on unceded land of the Wabanaki. We extend our respect and gratitude to the many Indigenous people and their ancestors whose rich histories and vibrant communities include the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot Nations and all of the Native communities who have lived here for thousands of years; who were forcibly removed from their lands, and who live here still, in what is known today as Maine, New England, and the Canadian Maritimes.
We are sustained by these living lands and waters. We affirm the inherent sovereignty of the Wabanaki. This acknowledgement does not rectify the on-going violence of settler colonialism, but is rather meant to cultivate an unsettling awareness of its persistence, towards building reconciliation which we recognize as we work for climate justice.
We can take a moment to reflect on how we might collectively liberate ourselves from the structural oppression and inequity inherent in the relationship between our predominantly white settler culture and those indigenous to this place, to the land and water itself, and to all beings who dwell here. We all have a responsibility to continue working to change the systems that continue to allow injustice and inequity to exist.
Here is a map to identify whose land you occupy: https://native-land.ca/